Minister of Power and Energy Mahinda Amaraweera informed the officials of the Ceylon Electricity Board, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority to act together in making decisions pertaining to the two proposed power projects to be initiated this year and the projects of future.
A discussion on initiating power projects was held in the Ministry of Petroleum late yesterday (23), during which the minister said if there are shortcomings in the Electricity Act, they will be amended and the necessary environment to commence the power projects will immediately be provided.
The second phase of the Norochchole coal power plant and the constructions of the Kerawalapitiya LNG power plant are to be commenced this year. These power plants are expected to add 600 megawatts to the national grid, therefore, the minister instructed to first commence the constructions of the Norochchole plant.
None of the projects were initiated during the previous government, therefore the Ceylon Electricity Board has failed to provide the total capacity to the national grid. Therefore, it has been decided to provide additional capacities from renewable energy sources to the national grid and focus on implementing the approved renewable energy projects.
The responsible parties shall not stick to the clauses of the Electricity Act, shall be acting together to solve the power and energy crisis and serve the national need despite criticism and should be obtaining legal counsel by informing the Attorney General in occurrence of legal issues, the minister emphasized.
The delay of construction in the third phase of the Norochchole power plant amounts a loss of Rs. 250 million on a daily basis to the Ceylon Electricity Board, the minister revealed, pointing out that the country is facing a serious problem given a loss in such magnitude on a major state institution.
Senior officials of the Ceylon Electricity Board, the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority took participation in the meeting and they agreed to act as one upon implementing the solutions.